Founding Family Visits

Relatives of Joseph Naper, the founder of Naperville, recently paid a visit and learned how their roots helped grow our town into what it is today.

Paula Almasy, great, great, great, grandaughter and her daughter Heather Jackson, made their way to the Joseph Naper Homestead, setting foot on the land where their family once settled in, in July of 1831.

This was their first trip ever to Naperville, and though they never got a chance to meet Joseph himself, standing in front of his statue was a moment they’ll never forget.

“It makes me feel connected, I think it’s the best word, to know the history to see some of these artifacts you know that he worked hard and he was an entrenepeur, it was really impressive,” said Jackson.

The mother and daughter even got a chance to put a finger on their family tree, helping to connect the missing links.

“It is overwhelming it’s quite overwhelming and it makes me an advocate I now want my grandkids to know,” said Almasy.

They’re hoping that one day, they’ll be able to bring their whole family to town for a Naper reunion.

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